2022: Sunday Performers

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Rick Faris & the Faris Brothers

Most kids learn to fish or hunt from their dad. Rick learned G-runs, fiddle tunes and musical insights from his. Rick says, “I didn’t know anyone who didn’t play or at least have an instrument in their house until I was 5.”

The family of a humble musician’s means didn’t have a radio in the car so the 4 Faris boys spent the 9-hour trips up to grandma’s house singing and entertaining each other.

The four brother plus mom and dad made up the award winning Faris Family Bluegrass Band. They played festivals, taught Bluegrass in the Schools programs and shared real connections for the 12 years they toured professionally.

After the family decided to stop touring, Rick was looking for a new full-time gig. He got his first break when the Bluegrass stalwart, Greg Cahill, called and asked him to audition for Special Consensus. The job was to be transformative for Faris because Greg hired him to play mandolin rather than the guitar he had been honing since he was a child. With 5 weeks to learn the mandolin and win the audition, Rick Faris stepped into the next stage of his career. After 6 years, 1 Grammy-Nomination and 2 IBMA Awards he switched back home to guitar and the band picked up another 3 IBMA Awards and a 2nd Grammy-Nomination. Rick spent a total of 11 years with the globetrotting Special Consensus. Under Greg Cahill he learned the meaning of professionalism and giving back to the Bluegrass community .

John Depew

John Depew is a Kansas-based musician, songwriter, and traveler with a knack for combining traditional sounds with thoughtful lyrics and intriguing musicality. He has been described as the “midwestern Nick Drake” (Ted Gioia, musicologist) and jokingly refers to his own music as “progressive old-time.” 

He enjoys exploring new places in both the natural world and in the wilderness within. Combining philosophy, farming, adventure, and family, John’s songs tackle subjects that are often left behind by the mainstream.


Country Duo

The Country Duo is Kansas City's Kasey Rausch and Marco Pascolini. Armed with acoustic and electric guitars, a pedal steel, and a passion for good ol' country music, you'll hear them play Rausch's original tunes as well as the classics from Patsy to Merle, Gram to Emmylou. Formed in 2015, the duo has played everywhere from The Station Inn in Nashville, TN, to the Mid-Coast Takeover in Austin, TX. Their debut EP was recorded live by invitation at the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, and was filmed for the Sun Studio Sessions television show that aired across the US and Canada on PBS. No Depression called Rausch’s vocals “tender and intuitive” and claimed Pascolini’s guitar playing “raises the stakes for everybody.” They have shared bills with Grammy winner Roland White, Ray Bonneville, Tish Hinojosa, William Elliot Whitmore, The Elders and many more.

Kasey Rausch is a 5th generation musician, songwriter, former producer/host of River Trade Radio on KKFI 90.1FM and former host of “Campfire” on DittyTV. Her roots can be found in Parkville, Kansas City, the Missouri Ozarks, Winfield, Kansas (home of the legendary Walnut Valley Festival), and deep Southeast Texas. Rausch’s third album Guitar in Hand (2014) debuted at #3 on the Roots Music Reporting charts and was voted one of the top three albums of the year by readers of The Pitch, KC’s weekly entertainment guide. She was named 2016’s Best of the Northland (Artist), 2013’s Female Performer of the Year by The Farmer’s Turnpike on KMXN 92.9 FM, and has shared the stage with Joe Ely, Peter Rowan, Kris Delmhorst, Jack Williams and many more.

Marco Pascolini is the stuff of guitar legends. For more than twenty-five years he has forged his path as one of the most well-respected musicians in Kansas City. Recognized as one of the region’s most influential musicians, his talent across a multitude of instruments has been acknowledged in numerous music media including The Kansas City Star and The Pitch, among others. Be it an electric guitar or a pedal steel in his hands, you’ll find him touring withThe Country Duo or on stage in his home town with Mr. Marco’s V7, The Naughty Pines, The Fred Wickham Caravan, as well as sitting in with any number of bands throughout the area..

The Betse & Clarke String Band

Regular folks, exceptional music: This duo from the heartland (Kansas City, Missouri) has its roots in Ozark old time music, honoring traditional songs and tunes that resonate with human experience.

For each concert setting, Betse & Clarke take an audience on a musical field trip. Betse Ellis plays powerful and beautiful old time fiddle tunes, sings traditional Ozark songs, and shares her own songs with themes relating to human experience. Expect her to tell some stories along the way, featuring personal moments with her fiddle mentor Violet Hensley.

Long known for her energetic style in her former band The Wilders, Betse’s earned a level of maturity while maintaining her contagious enthusiasm. Clarke Wyatt is an engaging finger-style banjo player, drawing inspiration from great traditional and inventive banjoists of earlier decades such as Mike Seeger and John Hartford. His guitar style is rooted in old time traditions, with sparks of ingenuity inspired by the likes of Norman Blake. The combination of deep reverence for tradition and commitment to creativity makes this duo a captivating act to witness. They are dedicated instructors as well as performers and enjoy teaching at camps and workshops as well as private instruction. While tradition is important to Betse & Clarke, they are musical innovators and are inspired to make music beyond the old time genre. Over the last year, Clarke has developed a compelling electric guitar technique and is working on a series featuring his drum kit practice with a variety of talented electric guitarists. Betse is working on free improvisation and new compositions on her fiddle, sometimes on an electric five-string. Together since 2014, this musical couple has traveled across the United States, Canada, Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.




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